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Verizon's Just The Latest Big Evil Media Conglomerate Waiting To Happen

Verizon’s $US4.4 billion bid for AOL isn’t just another whimsical moment in web investment weirdness. It’s serious. The deal creates a huge media-communications giant, just like huge evil media conglomerates before it — and, if you consider the facts, it’s possibly worse.


Yelp Vigilantes Are Organising Against Businesses In The Name Of Justice

After the owner of a pizzeria said last week that he wouldn’t cater a gay wedding, a group of Yelpers took action, using their reviews to bring down the business. Not customers unhappy with the service, but social justice protesters reviewing the business based on ideology. And it’s not just an isolated case.


Amazon Forces Workers To Sign Sinister Non-Compete Agreements 

If you take a temporary factory job at Amazon, you have to sign away your ability to work almost anywhere else, for 18 months after your gig is finished.


Here's What Skype Was Like In 1947

Thanks to tech like Skype, the ability to both see and hear someone across thousands of kilometres is a mundane exercise for most of us here in the early 21st century. But back in 1947, signing a contract over videophone was like looking into the future. Even if that future turned out a bit different than we were expecting.


Why Did NPR Take Down Its Podcast About The 'Expert' On Women In Tech?

An episode of On the Media‘s podcast TLDR was unceremoniously removed from the NPR website today, and people are not at all happy. Rightly so.


Is The DIY Drone Movement About To Launch A Billion-Dollar Industry?

Back in the 1970s, hobbyists like Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak built homebrew computers that eventually fuelled the lucrative PC revolution. Now, a new movement of hobbyists is trying to imitate this DIY strategy to jumpstart the drone industry. But can today’s calculated drone entrepreneurialism really be considered “DIY” at all?


Report: Samsung Is Trying To Buy Blackberry

Reuters is reporting that Samsung has offered Blackberry a takeover offer for as much as $US7.5 billion, which would be about 38 per cent more than the stock market says the Canadian hardware company is even worth. Supposedly, the meeting happened last week but no party on either side has confirmed any details.


HP EliteBook Folio 1020: New Thin And Light Business Laptop

The new Macbook Air-esque Folio 1020 business laptop comes in two editions: standard, which weighs 1.2kg (and can be fitted with a touchscreen), and a ‘special’ edition, which weighs in at 1kg without any touchiness. Guts-wise, it’s what you’d expect from a modern high-end laptop: 8GB of RAM and SSD storage.


Why Ello's Plan To Stay Ad-Free Can Actually Work

I want to believe in Ello. It’s a cheeky little startup with idealistic ambitions and a haunting logo and the promise of no ads. What’s not to like? Well, a few days ago, Ello revealed its grand plan to stay ad-free, and, honestly, it sounded at first like total bullshit. But it’s not.


HP Is Splitting In Two

HP has officially announced that it’s splitting itself into two companies — one producing the consumer hardware and “new computing experience”, the other pushing out corporate technology.


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